The Georgia Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial in a catastrophic brain injury case after ruling the half-million dollar verdict, which included past medical expenses but nothing for future expenses, or pain and suffering, was so meager as to “shock the conscience.”

The jury in the DeKalb County medical malpractice case awarded more than $1.1 million for past medical expenses and more than $67,000 in a loss of consortium claim for the injured woman’s husband, but apportioned 51 percent of the blame to the defendant, Rockdale Hospital.

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